COINS & TOKENS
English Milled Coins
English milled coins would cover the period c.1663 to the present (plus sundry earlier pressings such as Oliver Cromwell).
These include gold coins such as Guineas and Sovereigns, silver including Crowns and Shillings etc, and copper and bronze Pennies, Halfpennies and Farthings.
Condition is the most important aspect relating to a coin’s potential value. The condition is also known as the ‘grade’ of preservation. The grade of a coin can never be improved by cleaning so remember: Never clean coins if you think they might be of value to a collector.
William IV Proof Crown 1834 nFDC
Auction #77, Lot 186
George III gold Spade Guinea 1787 aEF
Auction #148, Lot 2199
Queen Victoria shield-back gold Sovereign 1842 aUNC
Auction #154, Lot 1412
Two Pence 1983 “NEW PENCE” error, VF
Auction #148, Lot 2199
English Cased & Proof Sets
This would primarily be coins and sets from the Royal Mint. The secondary market for Royal Mint commemorative coins and proof sets has greatly improved over recent years, especially for the most recent ‘black cased’ sets.
Some of the recent commemorative circulating issues have also become sought-after, causing several of the Brilliant Uncirculated sets to increase in price.
We also welcome the submission of Westminster, Pobjoy and other commemorative mint sets and collections for auction, or cash purchase appraisal
George VI Coronation Gold Proof Set 1937 aFDC
Auction #148, Lot 2213
500th Anniversary of the First Gold Sovereign 1489-1989 Gold Proof Sovereign Collection FDC
Auction #164, Lot 1357
George V Coronation gold and silver Proof Set 1911
Auction #164, Lot 1371
Manchester Commonwealth Games 2002 Royal Mint Two Pounds silver proof four-coin set FDC
Auction #150, Lot 1987
From historic world coins to modern currency, we are equipped to deal with the research and valuation of coins from anywhere in the world, any time period.
Especially popular are the coins of Spanish America, and the Dutch trading ports, salvaged from shipwrecked treasure hoards. Famous figures such as Napoleon Bonaparte can be found on the coins of France.
British Imperial coins of India and the Far East are keenly collected in their respective independent countries. American, Chinese and Russian coins are perhaps the strongest performing of all.
USA Draped Bust Silver Dollar 1795, type Bolender 14, Bowers/Borckardt 51, cabinet toned AU
Auction #143, Lot 1442
Australia gold proof Sovereign 1880-S, Sydney Mint, ex. H.C. Dangar Collection, aFDC
Auction #127, Lot 1953
German State Hamburg gold 10 Ducats 1675 EF
Auction #106, Lot 1933
USA Post-Colonial era, New Jersey copper piece 1786 GF
Auction #138, Lot 2138
World Cased & Proof Sets
Commemorative and proof coins and sets have been issued by many countries around the world, and our own Royal Mint has received countless commissions from the Commonwealth and other nations.
We are always in the market to purchase or accept consignments of world commemorative coins, especially the gold and silver Panda coins of China
Sarawak, Rajah C. Brooke Proof Set 1870 (incomplete) nFDC
Auction #100, Lot 1586
Republic of India Proof Set 1950 aFDC, in original presentation card.
Auction #154, Lot 1678
First Coinage of Canadian Mint, Ottawa, specimen set 1908 nFDC
Auction #140, Lot 2034
People’s Republic of China, set of six half ounce silver Pandas BU
Auction #138, Lot 2079
Ancient / Roman
Ancient Greek and Roman coins have been collected for centuries. We devote a special section of our auction to coins of this period, richly illustrated to highlight the intricate designs of Gods and Goddesses, monuments and fantastic beasts.
Roman Imperial, Romano-British, and Iron-Age British ‘Celtic’ coins are often found in our local area, all being peoples who have thrived at various times in East Anglia.
Coins released to the finder and landowner by the British Museum Portable Antiquities Scheme will find an excellent outlet through our auction.
Iron Age British “Celtic” gold stater of Dubnovellaunus of the Trinovantes
c.80 B.C. to 20 A.D. EF
Auction #152, Lot 1881
Gold aureus of the Emperor Nero, Rome Mint 65-66 A.D. EF
Auction #127, Lot 1407
Carausius ‘dynastic propaganda’ triple-portrait billon ant of the Colchester Mint 292-293 A.D. VF
Auction #152, Lot 1903
Gold aureus of the Emperor Antoninus Pius, Rome Mint 157-158 A.D. VF
Auction #143, Lot 1455
The medieval hammered coins of England and Europe were produced by hand-striking thin metal blanks of gold and silver between punched and engraved iron dies.
There is a near endless depth of historic value and importance to the numismatic record of this period, from the end of the Roman Empire, up to the early modern age and the transition to machine-pressed coinage.
We are based north of Ipswich, considered perhaps the first settlement of the Angles in Britain, and one of the heartlands of early English archaeology and metal-detecting. Coins released to the finder and landowner by the British Museum Portable Antiquities Scheme will find an excellent outlet through our auction.
Gold Angel of Edward IV or V, mintmark Halved Sun & Rose (possibly of Edward V, the Prince in the Tower) nVF light damage.
Auction #89, Lot 1021
Charles I, English Civil War, Siege of Newark Shilling 1645 GVF
Auction #133, Lot 1269
Anglo-Saxon silver penny of Harold II, PAX type, Lincoln Mint, moneyer Almer, EF
Auction #117, Lot 1348
Frisian or Anglo-Saxon gold solidus c.830-850, imitating Carolingian designs.
Auction #70, Lot 810
Tokens & Exonumia
The 17th, 18th, and 19th Century tokens of Britain tell the story of our industrial, commercial and social history. Issued during shortages of official coinage, there are thousands of varieties, many of which very scarce.
British Commemorative Medallions come under the classification of Exonumia: Extra-numismatic, coin-like objects. Commemorating events throughout history, these have been produced as collector’s items and presentation pieces for hundreds of years.
We dedicate a special section of our bi-monthly auctions to Tokens and Exonumia.
Auction #141, Lot 1651
Queen Victoria Golden Jubilee 1887, Royal Mint gold medallion by J.E. Boehm, EF
Auction #124, Lot 1310
Australian transportation ‘convict token’ engraved by Frederick Morgan 1825
Charles I, English Civil War, Royalist badge by Rawlins EF
Auction #152, Lot 2270
Halfpenny token of Robert Saul 1669, landlord of the Red Lion pub in Lavenham, Suffolk, VF
Auction #154, Lot 1303